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Cruising European Rivers & Canals

7th Aug 2019 9 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1919
FROM ONLY £1,199 per person *
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FROM ONLY £1,199 per person *
FREE Drinks & Tips
or 3 cruises for the price of 2*

Featuring four fascinating destinations in three different countries, this nine-night European city discovery offers a wealth of rewards. Balmoral will bring you closer to world-famous museums, iconic monuments to enchanting historic districts and stunning architectural wonders, diverting inland via picturesque waterways to dock within easy reach of the centre of each city on your itinerary.

After a short sail from Newcastle to the Netherlands, your smaller-sized ship will negotiate the complex locks and narrow passageways of the Nordzeekanaal and cruise all the way to Amsterdam, the delightful Dutch capital. Docking overnight here grants you time to delve deep into this diverse city; perhaps by day you’ll choose to visit the harrowing Anne Frank House, admire famous exhibits at Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, and take in the sights of the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring by bicycle. As night falls, the chance to take an evening boat tour along Amsterdam’s classic canals is not-to-be-missed. Then, a weekend in Belgium begins with a glide along the Western Scheldt River en route to Antwerp, where Balmoral will once again dock overnight close to highlights in the heart of the city. The Royal Museum of Fine Arts – housing works of ‘Flemish Masters’ – and the legendary diamond district are highly recommended, while no time in Antwerp is complete without indulging your sweet tooth with authentic Belgian chocolates. [ReadMore]

Your three-day French foray will be spent on the River Seine, taking in glorious countryside scenes during hours of daytime cruising along this beautiful waterway, and enjoying time ashore in two charming cities situated on the river’s banks. After your first journey along the Seine, a full-day in Rouen affords you time to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this picturesque city. Among many exciting options, there are chances to learn of Rouen’s links to Joan of Arc at Place du Vieux Marché, where the ‘Heroine of France’ was burnt at the stake, and marvel at the magnificent Gothic-style Cathédrale de Notre Dame. Alternatively, you could tour to Claude Monet House and Gardens, or even take a trip to the landmark-laden French capital, Paris. A cruise back along the Seine brings you to Honfleur, with its 16th century streets, distinctive architecture and pretty Vieux Bassin historic maritime district. Again, you’ll have time to explore this city in depth, or simply watch the world go by at one of the quaint cafés. The iconic Bayeux Tapestry is within reach on tour from Honfleur too.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.

Refurbished in 2017, Balmoral is the largest of Fred. Olsen's smaller, friendly ocean-going cruise ships – with capacity for up to 1,350 guests – yet is still small enough to navigate narrow waterways such as Kiel Canal and bring inspirational sights and experiences closer to you. Like the rest of the fleet, Balmoral retains a warm, welcoming atmosphere and features comfortable accommodation and lounges, stylish restaurants and plenty of open-deck space.

Real ships
We don’t have boastful megaships. We take immense pride in our fleet of smaller-scaled vessels that retain the style, ambience and understated quality of a country house hotel.  We ensure they remain contemporary too: from winter 2016 to spring 2018 the whole fleet underwent dry dock refits to further enhance the facilities for guests. With the fifth generation Fred. Olsen as Chairman and 170 years of seafaring heritage behind us, we believe we’ve found the perfect formula for you to get the best out of your holiday with us.

Smaller but spacious
A smaller ship doesn’t mean less space; far from it. Each room is comfortably sized, with all that you’ll need to enjoy your holiday. In fact, our rooms are comparable to those on some of the mammoth cruise ships. While our vessels are on a more accessible scale, you can have just as much private space.  With fewer people on board it’s easy to find a quiet spot to relax in peace with a drink or a good book. There’s room to stretch out by the pool and you can get ashore more quickly too. And when you’re ashore, you’re seeing the best of each port of call with hundreds – not thousands – of others, giving you a much more authentic experience.

Service with a smile
Each member of the Fred. Olsen team has been carefully selected for their warm and welcoming personalities. The quality of our people, supported by training and development, ensures they will give you a great holiday: in guest feedback our staff are always the most highly-rated aspect of the whole experience.